Why Is Kamala Harris Speaking Of Indians Now?

Kamala Harris, the Democratic candidate for US Vice President, has often spoken of how her Indian mother and grandparents were a huge influence.

Jessica David

August 14, 2020

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On Wednesday (August 12), Kamala Harris spoke of her parents, Indian and Jamaican immigrants, in her opening remarks during first campaign appearance as Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan was an Indian-American cancer researcher and civil rights activist who passed away in 2009. On Thursday (August 13), Democratic candidate for the US Vice President, Kamala Harris tweeted a picture of herself as a toddler with her mother. The California Senator said she wished her mother to be with her this week as Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden chose her to be his running mate.

“My mother always used to say, “Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.” I dearly wish she was here with us this week,” the Senator from California said in a tweet. Kamala Harris has often spoken of her Indian and Jamaican roots and how her Indian grandparents had been a huge influence in her life. Harris was quoted, “I have had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But Momala will always be the one that means the most.”

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